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December 10, 2021 | wine | Pacific Rim

What is the Best Wine to Serve at a New Year's Eve Party?

Every holiday season, there is one beverage that outranks all others in terms of popularity. There’s nothing the celebrates like Champagne and this is especially true on New Year’s Eve. But while there is no question that millions of bottles of Champagne and other sparkling wines will be sold this holiday season, partiers can also consider other New Year’s Eve wines that can be served running up to 11:59 on New Year's Eve. If you will be hosting a party during the holiday season or attending a dinner party, here are some tips on the best wine for New Year’s Eve.

Gamey Event

If you will be serving your guests not-so-traditional meats, like a wild duck, goose, elk, and more, the best New Year’s Eve wines to pair with game foods are listed below.

All these Pacific Rim wines are very affordable and will serve well at a wild game party.

Light Dinner

If you will only be serving a light dinner or having friends over for coffee and cheesecake, nothing beats a dry Riesling wine for New Year’s Eve. To balance out the sweetness of the cheesecake, select one of the following Rieslings:

Love Something Sweet?

If you will be attending a New Year’s Eve party, consider bringing along a few bottles of both red and white wines, so that no one gets disappointed. As always, nothing beats an Ice wine Riesling to celebrate the New Year. Made from the finest grapes, this wine reigns supreme when it comes to taste and aroma. And it goes along with all types of snacks. Recommendations include the following wines, which are affordable and classy.

If you want to have another selection alongside a Riesling, you can never go wrong with a Pinot. Whether it be Pinot Noir or Pinot Gris, they both pair quite well with a variety of foods. Some classic Pinots that guests will appreciate include:

Love Red Wine?

If you or your guests want to celebrate New Year’s Eve with a good red wine, then consider the following:

The Food

When celebrating New Year’s Eve with a top-notch wine, be sure to have appetizers that will pair well with the wines. Some foods you may want to consider include:

  • Antipasto Bites
  • Spinach Artichoke Zucchini Bites
  • Stuffed Mushrooms
  • Spinach Spanakopita
  • Cheesy Baked Meatballs
  • Prosciutto Wrapped Asparagus
  • Ginger Pork Potstickers
  • Garlicky Shrimp Cocktail
  • Charcuterie


For New Year’s Eve wine, always have some Champagne on ice.  Champagne is the traditional drink to help send the old year on its way and usher in the new year.  Have other wine for New Year’s Eve available, too, especially wines that pair well with the specific food dishes you will be serving.  For more ideas and helpful hints, contact Pacific Rim & Company today at 1-503-863-5454.


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